The owner of Twitter, Elon Muskannounced on Thursday that next week will begin to reinstate suspended accounts on the platformafter a majority of voters in a poll on the social network voted in favor of the measure.
“The people have spoken. Amnesty starts next week,” Musk tweeted, launching a query on the issue among Twitter users on Wednesday.
The 72.4% of the approximately 3.16 million people who voted answered “yes” to Musk’s questionwhich asked whether Twitter should offer a “general amnesty for suspended accounts as long as they haven’t broken the law or sent outrageous spam.”
Musk, who bought the social network at the end of October for 44,000 million dollars, had already consulted with users to decide if Donald Trump could return to the platform.
The former US president had been banned from the social network after the assault on the Washington Capitol in January 2021 by his supporters.
Trump's account was reinstated after a narrow majority (51.8%) of the 15 million voters in that Twitter poll voted Saturday in favor of the Republican billionaire's return to the network.
This use of this consultation mechanism to define guidelines on the social network contradicts a commitment expressed by Musk shortly after the acquisition of the company, when he announced the imminent formation of a "council of moderation (of content) with very diverse points of view ".
"No major decisions about content or account reinstatement will be made until this council meets," he tweeted.
But the richest man on the planet reneged on this promise after accusing "activists" and "politicians" of seeking to "kill Twitter by drying up (its) advertising revenue", which represents 90% of the company's turnover.
Several major brands, including Volkswagen, General Motors and General Mills, have announced that they will suspend advertising spending on Twitter since its acquisition by Musk.